iOS Update – How to Update Your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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iOS 6 update

Why We Feel Like Updating to New iOS?

Whenever there is a new version of Apple’s software, it means that there are some new features and improvements which let you do more with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to Update Your iPhone, iPad, iPod Software to New iOS

Upgrading to the latest version of iOS used to mean that you have to be sitting in front of your computer, download the update to your PC, then connect your iDevice and install the update via syncing. But now, as long as you have iOS 5 packed with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, this is not true any more. Update wirelessly has been adopted to iOS 5 and the later iOS.

For some people still use the iOS which is older than iOS 5 such as iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.2.5 on iPhone 4, so I will introduce the steps to update iOS devices wirelessly and update your device using iTunes respectively.

Part 1: Update Your iOS Device Wirelessly

Just as said in the above, this is only available in iOS and later.

Step 1: When connected to a Wi-Fi network and perform the update, it is power-consuming. So make sure that your device is connected to a power source. This is a measure to avoid potential data loss.

Step 2: Go to Settings >General >Software Update. Your device will check the updates automatically. Tap the available update, and click “Download” to download the update. When download is done, tap “Install”.

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iOS software update

Note: If you leave the update to download in the background, you will get a message saying an update is available for your device once the download is completed. Then you need to go to the interface and then tap “Install Now”.

And updating wirelessly needs enough space to download and install the update. So if you are ticked out by the limited space left on your iOS device, you may need to use the iTunes to download instead or delete the contents that you never use or something valueless.

Part 2: Update Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Using iTunes

This is available for all iOS device.

Step 1: Check if you have the latest iTunes. If not, install the latest iTunes at first.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your PC with the digital cable that came with your device.

Step 3: Initiate the iTunes. Opt for you device which appears as the name you set for. In the Summary tab, click “Check for Update” to check available updates.

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iOS 6 update

Step 4: Follow the prompts given by iTunes to download and install the available updates.

Note: In the all interim of update, don’t disconnect your iPhone with your computer.

Tips for Your iOS Update

  1. Before update, backup your device to iCloud or iTunes. See the detail information, please go to this article: backup my iPhone.
  2. If something goes wrong with the installation, you can remedy this with two options: Recovery mode and DFU mode, here is also related article to perform Recovery mode and enter DFU mode.

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